Random Music News for Monday, February 12, 2018

Today is International Darwin Day. Take a Creationist to lunch and try to talk some sense into them, okay? Here’s what else is happening on February 12, 2018.

  1. A brawl broke out at Mark E. Smith’s wake. Somewhere, Mr. Smith is having a good cackle.
  2. Mott the Hoople is planning a rare reunion. Note: Ian Hunter is 78.
  3. A new Florence + the Machine album this year? Probably.
  4. You gotta love Motorhead fans for this. God bless ’em.
  5. If your kids aren’t already using this music app, they will be soon.
  6. Time for a Joan Jett documentary.
  7. And now that the Winter Olympics are on, here’s an obligatory story on an athlete’s playlist.
  8. The healing properties of dream pop.
  9. There will be a Spice Girls reunion but no Spice Girls reunion tour.
  10. If you’re at all into Fender guitars, you need to read this.
  11. Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. (Via Tom)
  12. Attention electronic music fans: “3D special surround sound” could be coming to an event near you.
  13. The Chinese hip-hop scene is fighting back against the government’s crackdown on the music.
  14. So what’s next for SpaceX’s Telsa Roadster? This.
  15. Radio needs to spend more time creating new superstars for the planet. Here’s why.
  16. Into podcasting? Here’s a technical analysis of the top 100 podcasts. Very wonky, but helpful if you’re deep into the product.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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